This series contains manuscripts, typescripts, notes, and other material related to articles, exhibition catalog essays, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and lectures by Lloyd Goodrich. In addition to writings and lecture transcripts related to Eakins, the series includes some of Goodrich's published material on Thomas Nash, George Luks, John Singleton Copley, David Morrison, Pierre Auguste Rodin, Auguste Renoir, landscape painting, and abstract art. The series includes Goodrich's important article "What is American about American art?" which was originally published in 1958, and republished as "Introduction: What is American?" in the 1967 book The Artist in America.
There are several folders on the "Thomas Eakins" retrospective exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1961-1962, for which Goodrich selected most of the works, wrote the introductory essay to the catalog, and lectured at various venues. Likewise, the series includes a significant amount of material on the 1970 Thomas Eakins exhibition, which Goodrich organized at the Whitney Museum of American Art, including his lecture transcripts, a typescript of his catalog essay, and Goodrich's unpublished, audiotaped remarks regarding works in the exhibition. Other audiotapes in the series document Goodrich's narration of the 1971 film "Eakins" produced by Daniel Dietrich. Visual material in the series is comprised of an extensive collection of slides, almost entirely of Eakins's paintings, which Goodrich used to illustrate his various lectures.